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Posts By Elizabeth Salaam

Good Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbors

November 19, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader November 26, 2014.)

 

On Thursday, October 17, approximately one hour after Juan Carlos Pastenes arrived home from work, five police officers showed up at his home. The 36-year-old Pastenes sighed, opened the … Read More

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend.

October 16, 2013 |

Image by Daren Scott.

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, October 16, 2013.)

 

The first time I see Eliza Jane Schneider onstage, I want to be her friend.

Or maybe her writing partner, or her personal … Read More

We’re doing arms tonight, FYI.

August 14, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, August 14, 2013.)

 

In a few minutes, Yoni Baker is going to take off all his clothes.

I will see him naked. I know it. He knows it. The camaraderie … Read More

What am I doing in Eastlake?

July 31, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, July 31, 2013.)

 

The first day I took my daughter to her new school, I questioned whether moving to Eastlake was the right move for our family. I had stopped by … Read More

Baja is Back

July 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, July 24, 2013.)

 

In a December 2011 Vanity Fair article, writer Dana Vachon described Chula Vista as “a sputtering neon error of beauty academies and pawnshops, recently terrorized by a homicidal Tijuana drug … Read More

We spend every dime we have on our costumes

May 8, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader May 8, 2013.)

 

Victoria Markovna sexifies everything. We’re warming up for class with ass-in-the-air pushups, and she encourages us to give ourselves come hither looks in the mirror while we do. … Read More

BACKSTORY: My New Best Burlesque Lady Friends

May 7, 2013 |

After starting several opening paragraphs for this post, it occurred to me that most who visit will care less about what I have to say than they will about getting a peek at the dancing ladies. And so I’ll jump … Read More

From Sheep to Sweater in 12 Hours

April 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader April 24, 2013.)

 

Kelly Friedlen believes every home should have three alpacas in its backyard.

She’s so adamant that, in the two days we’ve known each other, she’s said it … Read More

BACKSTORY: The World of Alpacas, Wool, and Weaving

April 23, 2013 |

I love my job. Until I started working as a journalist, writing was a way for me to make sense of the world and my place in it.  As an emotion-centric person, I tend to feel my way through life. … Read More

One Steak at a Time

March 20, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader, March 13, 2013.)

 

Angie Elsbury wears a blood-smeared apron and, in her words, “like, five layers of clothes” underneath. She laughs with her mouth wide open, lifting the apron to prove … Read More